Like the prettiest girl in a room full of ugly ducklings, charter schools that get a reputation for being high-performing get wooed hardcore. Districts and states looking for schools that have solved the puzzle of educating low-income, non-white students want these high-performing charter schools bad.

Cincinnati is the latest successful suitor in the dance of charter-school recruitment. The Cincinnati school board has agree to sponsor a new charter school as part of a push to bring more “high-performing” charter schools into the district.